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Postcard from Gaza (2:58) South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has accused Israel of practising apartheid in its policies towards the Palestinians. The Nobel peace laureate said he was "very deeply distressed" by a visit to the Holy Land, adding that "it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa". The Israeli military, meanwhile, began withdrawing from the West Bank town of Hebron today, a day after troops entered the Palestinian city, killing...
Topics: death penalty, elections, environment, israel, military, pakistan, palestine, pentagon, south africa
Enron "Whistleblower" Before Congress Kata Mester reports from Capital Hill on the testimony of Sharon Watkins before the House of Representitives Milosevic: Clinton?s the War Criminal The Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has hit back at his accusers, on the third day of his trial at the UN war crimes tribunal at The Hague. He told the court Nato justified its 1999 conflict with Yugoslavia with an "ocean of lies". Geraldine Coughlan was in the courtroom????.....
Topics: NATO, afghanistan, bush, death penalty, elections, military, rebellion, scotus, whistleblower
State of the Union, State of War President George W Bush's first State of the Union speech has prompted angry reactions from those singled out as "sponsors of terror" - particularly Iran and Iraq who, along with North Korea, were described as an "axis of evil".Iran's Foreign Minister said: "With these arrogant remarks, the American Government unmasks its true face and proves its desire to spread its hegemony through the entire world."But the Congress' leading...
Topics: 9-11, NSA, afghanistan, bush, detainees, environment, federal government, immigration, iran, iraq,...
Bush: "No Wonder I Think They?re Evil" President Bush toured the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea today. He reiterated his belief that North Korea is evil but said the United States has no intentions to invade the nation. However, he also said North Korea must demonstrate it does not intend to threaten its southern neighbor or as the US will honor its commitment to defend South Korea. Alan Lewkovitz files this report from the Korean DMZ. The Legality of Executing...
Topics: afghanistan, bush, death penalty, elections, immigration, islam, korea, scotus
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION: OIL, GAS, AND ENRON 4:14 How influential was the Texas based- energy trading giant, ENRON, in the White House? As the Department of Justice and members of Congress investigate ENRON?s collapse, critics are scrutinizing the relationships other big energy companies have with the Bush Administration?Kata Mester has more in Washington:: HOW SOUTHER SUDANESE FEEL ABOUT THE U-S BOMBING KARTHOUM 3:04 Despite a stated ceasefite brokered between the Sudanese government and rebel...
Topics: 9-11, bush, china, death penalty, india, israel, military, oil, pakistan, palestine, rebellion,...
Free Speech Radio News lineup - Tuesday, April 16, 2002Free Speech Radio NewsTuesday, April 16, 2002Download MP3 file of newscast (13Megabytes) Israeli military officials confirmed today that they have reopened a desert dentention camp to hold some of the 1000?s of Palestinians rounded up during the past weeks West Bank Sweeps. The camp held about 1000 palestinians from 1987 to 1993 and was clsed in 1996. Prisoners in that camp were held 26 to a tent, exposed to searing heat in summer and...
Topics: 9-11, bush, hamas, israel, military, nuclear weapons, oil, palestine, protest, rights, south...
Environmental Groups Sue US Government The United States has received much criticism at the UN Earth Summit underway in Johannesburg. Today US Congressman Dennis Kucinich lay into the Bush Administration for their environmental policies and, in a surprising move, Greenpeace yesterday joined forces with the corporate lobby to attack the United States for ditching the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. Meanwhile here in the US, Greenpeace has joined with more traditional ally, Friends of the Earth...
Topics: UN, afghanistan, bush, environment, greenpeace, islam, israel, nigeria, palestine, rights
President Bush Addresses the Nation(0:55) Earlier today, President Bush addressed the nation.He laid out his peace plan for two separate states to bring peace to the Middle East.Notably Bush referred to the actions of Israel as an occupation.Yet he went on to demand that Palestinians act first to end violence in the region. New Incursions by the IDF(4:05) Two Israeli helicopters killed six Palestinians in a missile strike in the southern Gaza Strip today. This latest operation followed an...
Topics: EU, algeria, bush, california, domestic violence, immigration, israel, military, palestine, suicide
US BOMBING CONTINUES3:36 US War-planes continue their intensive bombing in the North of Afghanistan today in an effort to force the Taliban out of the key city Mazar-e-Shareef. This, as the Taliban say the airstrikes are having little effect on their forces, but continue to scores of civilians. Meanwhile, calls continue to come from Muslim leaders for a healt to the US bombing. Jeremy Scahill reports. US RAIDS IMMIGRANT WIRE SERVICES 3:59 Police raided storefront businesses in five states as...
Topics: 9-11, afghanistan, bush, democratic party, immigration, islam, lebanon, palestine
Bush Signs Authorization Bill President Bush signed the "Authorization for the use of Military Force Against Iraq" today, the culmination of what some critics found to be a less than great debate in the United States Congress on the use of force. Although the United States has shown some willingness to proceed with the United Nations, many observers now see war as imminent. Gareth Schweitzer reports from Washington. Emergency UN Debate on Iraq Seeking a voice in what has so far been a...
Topics: UN, bush, elections, iraq, military, saddam hussein, washington
INDIA MOVES MISSILES TO THE BORDER (2:46) Nuclear powers India and Pakistan are raising the stakes in their war of words. Shots were sent across the shared border yesterday. Now both sides are massing troops. India says it has pointed its guided missiles toward Pakistan, and Pakistan has also reportedly moved its medium range missiles closer to the border. Meanwhile, peace groups in both countries have called for an immediate end to war-mongering and concrete steps to defuse tension. Sputnik...
Topics: afghanistan, bush, india, iran, nuclear power, pakistan, south africa, unions, washington
?The Afghan Situation We spoke to Pratap Chaterjee in Mazar e Sharif about the situation on the ground there, how Afghans feel about the US and the need for aid. ?Powell in India Secretary of State Colin Powell says he is very encouraged that war can be averted between India and Pakistan after his latest visit to the region en route to Tokyo for a donors meet on devastated Afghanistan. For the first time since the crisis erupted between the two nuclear rivals, India raised the possibility of a...
Topics: afghanistan, courage, india, iran, kennedy, pakistan, unions
CIA Agent Sues Feds A CIA agent is suing the federal government saying he was targeted for retaliation after refusing to write disinformation about Iraq?s weapons program. Victoria Hood reports from D.C. Same-sex Marriage in Canada Same-sex marriage in Canada is one step closer to full legal recognition nationwide. From CKLN, Kristin Schwartz has more. Hashing Out Kyoto Protocol Global environmentalists and leaders of industry are stating their case to international leaders in the lead up to...
Topics: EU, afghanistan, argentina, brazil, detainees, disease, elections, environment, federal government,...
OMAR EVADES CAPTURE (2:26) Taliban leader Mollah Omar has slipped through the net of the interim government's troops who hoped to capture him this weekend.Additionally, Osama Bin Laden's whereabouts are a mystery.But fighting continues in eastern Afghanistan, as does the build-up of foreign troops.Tony Cross tells us more. BUSH VISITS PORTLAND (3:28) Over the weekend in Portland, Oregonians wanted to let President Bush know they were not happy with some of his policies, but they were not...
Topics: 9-11, afghanistan, bush, california, india, military, pakistan, protest, washington
DAY TWO OF US BOMBING OF AFGHANISTAN 4:14 Jeremy Scahill reports. US TELLS UN IT WILL BOMB OTHER COUNTRIES Susan Wood reports from the UN NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNERS MARCH AGAINST WAR IN NYC Kata Mester reports from New York KASHMIRI MILITANTS ANGRY AT US ATTACKS Sputnik Kilambi reports from Shriniggar. 14,000 MARCH AGAINST US BOMBING IN EGYPT Steve Negus reports from Cairo. TURKISH ANTI-WAR DEMO CANCELLED AFTER 1,000 POLICE TURN OUT James Smoot reports from Istanbul. FRANCE SENDS SPECIAL FORCES...
Topics: afghanistan, france
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and center-left opposition leader Shimon Peres have agreed to team up in promoting a unilateral plan to withdraw from the occupied Gaza Strip. Laila El-Haddad reports from Gaza City. At the United Nations, the Palestinian ambassador formally criticized the wall being built by the Israeli goverment and condemned by the International Criminal Court. Haider Rizvi has more from the U.N. Further evidence surfaced over the weekend that US House Majority Leader Tom...
Topics: UN, al-qaeda, argentina, bush, california, elections, iraq, israel, john kerry, mexico, oil,...
Roe v Wade Turns 31(4:00) Today is the 31st anniversary of the legalization of abortion by the United States Supreme Court in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Roe recognized that the right to make childbearing choices is central to a woman?s life and her ability to participate fully and equally in society. Before Roe between 5,000 and 10,000 women died per year following illegal abortions and many more suffered severe injuries. Yet last November, President Bush signed into law the first...
Topics: bush, elections, rebellion, rights, scotus, state of the union
New Dawn for Kenya (3:18) In what many are calling the beginning of a new era, Kenyans went to the polls today to elect a new leader.President Daniel arap Moi is stepping down after 39 years of what human rights activists call dictatorial rule.Uhuru Kenyatta is the handpicked successor of Moi, and the son of Kenya's founding president, Jomo Kenyatta. The only real opposition to Kenyatta is 71-year-old Mwai Kibaki. With the polls now closed in Kenya we go to human rights activist, journalist,...
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Topics: NATO, NSA, environment, ethnic, rights
The U.S. Supreme Court announced they are rejecting the Terry Schaivo case. This is the fifth and likely the last time the issue can go before the high court.A Florida state court rejected a bid to reinsert her feeding tubelater in the day and a request by the states? governor Jeb Bush and the Department of Children and Families to take control of Terry Schaivo. U.S. government officials kept quiet about several hundred tons of genetically modified corn that was mistakenly distributed to U.S....
Topics: UN, argentina, brazil, bush, california, elections, highschool, military, nigeria, protest, rights,...
US Bombs Villiage as Hunt for Omar Continues (1:02) The United Nations has weighed in on the weekend bombing of a small villiage in Eastern Afghanistan. The Pentagon claims, B-52 bombers hit Taliban targets, but the United Nations disagreed saying the 53 Afghans killed were civilians. The U.N. criticism came amid a growing number of calls by Afghan leaders for the United States to limit its aerial attacks if it cannot prevent harm to civilians. Meanwhile, Afghan officials said a breakthrough...
Topics: 9-11, EU, NSA, UN, afghanistan, al-qaeda, china, islam, military, nuclear weapons, oil, pentagon,...
Bush To Bomb Iraq- Without Support (4:09) President Bush announced today he plans to go ahead with his war against Iraq with or without support from the United Nations. The announcement comes as George Bush releases the National Security Strategy of the United States of Americawhich formally links his war on terrorism with global capitalism and calls for a policy of pre-emptive war around the world. This as Saddam Hussein yesterday told the United Nations that Iraq is free of nuclear,...
Topics: NATO, UN, attorney general, bush, capitalism, chemical weapons, elections, iraq, korea, saddam...
Iraq's Warheads Questioned Iraq today promised more cooperation with UN weapons inspectors, agreeing to allow private interviews with Iraqi scientists and to enact laws banning weapons of mass destruction. The move comes as the UN's chief Inspectors wrap up a two-day visit to Baghdad, described as a last-ditch effort to avoid war.The U.S. is stepping up military preparations ahead of the inspectors' report to the security council next week on Iraq's compliance with disarmament demands. Susan...
Topics: UN, afghanistan, birthday, california, federal government, immigration, india, iraq, islam,...
PRISON UPRISING IN BRAZIL A prison uprising is now in its third day in the Brazilian city of Porto Velho . A group of prisoners took control of the Urso Branco facility on Christmas during visiting hours and continue to hold approximately 200 hostages, mostly prisoners' relatives. They are demanding the return of Ednildo Paula Souza, an inmate who was transferred from the prison last week, after his recapture following a successful jailbreak earlier this month. Souza is said to have led a...
Topics: EU, UN, argentina, brazil, bush, christmas, detainees, elections, environment, india, iraq, islam,...
15,000 March in DC to Demand Reparations (4:25) This past Saturday over 15,000 people rallied on the steps of the Capitol in Washington DC in the first ever Millions For Reparations March. Politicians, spiritual leaders, lawyers and grassroots activists joined together to demand the American government and corporations that profited from slavery recognize they are guilty of a crime against humanity and repent by paying reparations to African Americans. Nadja Middleton was there and files this...
Topics: 9-11, bush, communism, islam, israel, military, palestine, washington
Interview with Hans Von Sponeck(3:03) The Senate Foreign Relations committee will hold hearings beginning Wednesday on a potential US war against Iraq. The hearings are being billed as a fact-finding investigation, but the list of announced speakers includes no voices opposed to US military action. Today, anti-war groups across the country participated in a national call-in day aimed at pressuring the committee to call experts who say that there is no justification for a US attack on Iraq. One...
Topics: bush, elections, greenpeace, india, iran, iraq, islam, kennedy, mexico, military, pakistan
Spain, a major coalition member in the Bush orchestrated occupation of Iraq, has announced they are packing up and leaving the Middle Eastern nation. David Oancia reports from Madrid. The ACLU argues for same gendered marriage in Oregon. Andy Seaton reports from KBOO, in Portland. Tampa City police officers arrested 3 more people who were trying to serve free meals to the homeless without a permit. WMNF?s Mitch Perry reports from Tampa. A South African community radio station executive director...
Topics: EU, bush, death penalty, hamas, iraq, israel, military, oil, palestine, saddam hussein, scotus,...
Mexico's President Vicente Fox broke his silence over newspaper workers who are trapped in their offices in Oaxaca, Mexico.Fox received pressure from international human rights groups to intervene in the blockade of newspaper staff held by pro-government activists.Noticias is one of the few newspapers to report on government corruption.Fox told the governor of Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz, to resolve the situation and added that not allowing them to publish is a violation of their freedom of speech....
Topics: UN, bush, detainees, disease, elections, environment, epidemic, india, iraq, islam, mexico,...
Voucher Victory(2:21) The United States Supreme Court handed fans of school vouchers a major victory today. The Court held that public money can be used toward tuition at religious schools. Advocates for separation of church and state call the Court's decision its worst in fifty years. The Bush Administration favors vouchers for private and religious schools. But critics of today's ruling call it a step toward privatizing important functions of government. Joshua Chaffin reports from the...
Topics: bush, china, rights, russia, scotus, unions, washington
Snow Confirmed as Treasury Secretary (3:01) On the heels of yesterday's approval by the Republican controlled Senate Judicial Committee of conservative judicial nominee to the Appeals Court, Miguel Astrada, the Bush Administration moved further to the right today as President Bush's new Secretary of the Treasury won confirmation. John Snow, former railroad executive,replaces former secretary Paul O'Neil who resigned in December 2002. Snow is expected to strongly advocate for Bush's economic...
Topics: 9-11, bush, hijack, india, iran, kennedy, korea, military, south africa, visas, washington
SUSPECTED WAR CRIMINAL EXTRADITED TO THE HAGUE A Bosnian Serb accused of leading a paramilitary group that killed dozens of Muslims during the Bosnian war has arrived from Argentina at the U.N. war crimes tribunal in the Hague. Zoran Culafic reports from Belgrade. Bosnian Serb, Milan Lukic, has been transferred today to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague. Lukic was arrested last year in Argentina after almost seven years on the run and is now facing...
Topics: EU, NATO, argentina, bush, california, death penalty, elections, environment, france, india, islam,...
Bush Inaugurated Today Costing nearly $40 million dollars, today is the most expensive Presidential inauguration in the nation?s history, and comes at a time when the U.S. Is facing the largest spending deficit in its history. President bush?s inaugural address made references to his plans to reform social security, raised the possibility of more foreign interventions, and used religious language to justify u.s. policy abroad. (AUDIO) A poll of 21 countries published yesterday by the BBC shows...
Topics: NSA, bush, death penalty, detainees, elections, france, highschool, iraq, kurds, mexico, military,...
RIOTS SPREAD BEYOND PARIS Urban violence in France spread beyond the Paris region last night, with cars being set ablaze in several parts of the country. Tony Cross reports from Paris. G8 TRIALS Testimony was heard in two trials this week relating to allegations of police misconduct during Genova's G8 protests in 2001. Manuela Aldabe send this report from Genova. IVORY COAST NEGOTIATIONS The President of Nigeria has arrived in Ivory Coast to try to broker a political deal that will be...
Topics: al-qaeda, argentina, avian flu, bush, drug companies, france, iraq, israel, japan, korea, military,...
SENATE HEARING ON SO-CALLED SOCIAL SECURITY CRISES Today on Capitol Hill, senior employees at the Social Security Administration told Senators that the organization is being manipulated to deliver a political message that current and future benefits are at risk and the only solution to this so-called crisis is privatization. Jenny Johnson reports. WHITE HOUSE WON?T APPEAL FCC RULING The Bush administration will not ask the Supreme Court to allow controversial rules to take effect that would...
Topics: FEMA, NATO, UN, bush, democratic party, detainees, elections, hamas, iraq, islam, israel, kurds,...
Investors call for Grasso's resignation -- Kellia Ramares Rally on Capitol Hill re: Medicaid cuts for cancer care -- Jay Tamboli US veto at the UN Canadian same sex marriage safe -- for now -- Kristin Schwartz Walmart illegally muzzled employees -- John Hamilton WTO to Regulate Media? Yesterday's Senate vote has many media democracy advocates across the US cheering as their elected officials chose to overturn the FCC's recent easing of media ownership requirements.However, an un-elected body...
Topics: birthday, courage, elections, iran, iraq, korea, medicaid, military, nuclear weapons, saddam...
Students End Hunger Strike Georgetown University students ended their 9-day hunger strike after university officials agreed to an immediate wage and benefit increase for school employees.Ingrid Drake reports from the D.C. Radio Coop. Canada Denies Refugee Status to US Soldier A U.S. conscientious objector has lost the first round in his bid to receive asylum in Canada.Kristen Schwartz has more from CKLN. Pinochet Granted Immunity Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet has again been granted...
Topics: UN, argentina, california, mexico, military, protest, rights, torture
The evacuation of all 21 settlements in Gaza and 4 in the West Bank is complete. Israel?s Army Chief, Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, said bulldozing Of the settlements will take 10 days followed by a military pull out. He said he expects Gaza to be in complete control of the Palestinians by September. Israel?s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Israel will maintain control of the remainder Of the West Bank. Palestinians hope to also recover control of the West Bank. European Union negotiating countries...
Topics: EU, bush, california, highschool, india, iran, iraq, islam, israel, kurds, lebanon, military,...
Protests Over Power Shift in Togo There are mixed reports from Togo today about protests and demonstrations marring the transfer of power in the country.Some reports from the capital Lome indicate that the protests against the appointment of the late presidents son shut down the main market and businesses. Other news sources say it was business as usual today with only schools being shut down for safety reasons. Over the weekend Africa?s longest serving head of state General Gnassingbe Eyadema...
Topics: biological weapons, bush, california, elections, heart disease, highschool, individuality, iraq,...
British Military Must Investate Iraqi Civilian Death An Iraqi civilian?s death while being held by British troops in Iraq must be thoroughly and independently investigated according to a landmark ruling. The British judges ruled that the European Convention on Human Rights applies to cases of civilians killed or tortured in detention in Iraq.The Ministry of Defense is still considering whether they will appeal the ruling.However, officials said they were pleased that the 5 other families were...
Topics: EU, UN, bush, china, detainees, elections, hijack, iraq, military, missile defense, pentagon,...
ANTI-TORTURE AMENDMENT The White House agreed today to accept Senator John McCain's amendment to ban torture of detainees held by U.S. forces. Darby Hickey reports from Washington DC. The Bush administration has been resisting the Senate-approved anti-torture amendment, proposed by Senator John McCain. Calling for an exemption from the rule for CIA interrogators, the President was dealt a blow yesterday when the House overwhelmingly passed a non-binding measure in support of the McCain...
Topics: EU, NATO, argentina, bush, california, detainees, elections, environment, hurricane, india, iraq,...
Another View from Baghdad (4:04) Even as US military reports indicate control over Baghdad, violence is still widespread throughout the country.According to reports from the red cross inside Iraq, there is rampant looting and lawlessness in Baghdad as the central hospital was ransacked this afternoon.This as Iraqi Shia Muslim leader Abdul Majid al-Khoei and another cleric were found murdered in the central Iraqi town of Najaf. The BBC is reporting that an unconfirmed number of US marines have...
Topics: NSA, UN, communism, iraq, islam, korea, military, nuclear power, nuclear weapons, rumsfeld, suicide
Conscientious Objector Facing Military Prosecution - Sara Olson UN Petition to Stop Pushing Poor Nations into Bad Trade Deals - Haider Rizvi President Bush Signed into Law the Prison Rape Elimination Act - Renee Feltz U.S. Senate Takes Step Towards Curbing the New Media Ownership Rules - Craig Murphy A Pay Raise for Congress(3:43) After a closed Congressional hearing on Capitol Hill, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz confirmed recent reports that the further occupation of Iraq is going to...
Topics: bush, courage, india, iraq, military, pakistan, rebellion, rumsfeld, unions, wolfowitz
NATO Talks Stall Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld today said the US would not rule out the use of nuclear weapons in a war on Iraq. This as NATO called off talks which have been stalled over the issue of protecting Turkey in the case of war on Iraq. Deepa Fernandes speaks with William Hartung, Senior research fellow at the World Policy Institute. Anniversary of US Bombing of Civilians On this day February 13th, twelve years ago, 2 US bombs directly hit a Baghdad nuclear shelter during the...
Topics: NATO, democratic party, elections, iraq, military, nuclear weapons, pentagon, rumsfeld, turkey,...
PREVAL DECLARED WINNER IN HAITI Early this morning, Rene Preval was declared the winner of last week's presidential election in Haiti. He rose above the 50%-plus-one margin necessary to avoid a runoff after tens of thousands of blank ballots were removed from the official tally. Preval will be the first elected president to take office since the 2004 ouster of Jean Bertrand Aristide. NEW OFFICE TO INVESTIGATE CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS IN MEXICO In Mexico, a federal office charged with...
Topics: EU, NATO, NSA, UN, elections, federal government, france, hurricane, iran, katrina, louisiana,...
UN Investigation into Hariri Assassination Ends A UN fact finding team has finished its investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime minister Rafik Hariri. The team will report its findings to UN Secretary Kofi Annan today, and is expected to charge a ?devastating cover up at the highest levels of Syrian and Lebanese intelligence" - both Syrian and Lebanese officials deny any role in the assassination.Meanwhile Syrian intelligence officials are packing up and leaving the...
Topics: afghanistan, bush, california, elections, environment, immigration, india, iraq, mexico, military,...
WEST REACTS TO TEHRAN The Bush administration and the government of British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, have both made statements indicating that the United Nations Security Council will take up the matter of Iran's decision to resume nuclear activity. This comes the day after Iran angered Western leaders by breaking the UN seals at a nuclear research facility. Even Russia, usually an ally of Iran in international disputes, has voiced concern about the move. Tehran claims the research is to...
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The Supreme Court has a new chief justice. Today the U.S. Senate voted to confirm John Roberts, with only about half the body?s democrats dissenting. Senate democrats have drawn fire for not putting up more of a fight after Roberts largely evaded probing questions during his confirmation hearings. But Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Arlin Specter, a republican, applauded what he called bipartisanship, and a thorough review of Roberts? qualifications: [Specter Audio] Roberts will take his seat...
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Reactions to Congress Decision on Iraq The Bush Administration's resolution for use of force in Iraq passed the Senate late yesterday. Both houses of Congress have now shown they'd support a unilateral American invasion of Iraq if the White House thinks it's necessary.Following the vote in the Senate, White House officials told the New York Times of a plan to install an American military government in Iraq if Saddam Hussein is toppled. Josh Chaffinbrings us reaction to the votes in Congress,...
Topics: afghanistan, bush, california, elections, iraq, islam, military, oil, pakistan, saddam hussein
U.S. Supreme Court Gives Police More Power The U.S. Supreme Court handed broader search powers to police when stopping motorists.Victoria Jones reports from D.C. Venezuelan Protests for Sovereignty During a demonstration in support of Venezuelan sovereignty, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez accused the Bush Administration of provoking tensions in the region. Greg Wilpert reports from Caracas. Warnings of Violence in Kosovo Violence could flare up again in Kosovo unless the international...
Topics: bush, california, elections, ethnic, global warming, iraq, kurds, pentagon, protest, saddam...
As Ahmed Al-arawi reports from Baghdad, charges by the U.S. military that the armed resistance is coming from Saddam Hussein loyalists are false. Fewer U.S. workers will be eligible to collect overtime cash once new legislation, promoted by the Labor Department goes into effect.Pamela Barnett reports from D.C. The Florida Supreme Court struck down a law requiring minors seeking abortions to notify their parents first, saying it violated the teens' right to privacy.Mitch Perry reports from...
Topics: UN, arms trade, bush, elections, iraq, military, palestine, privacy, rights, saddam hussein,...
Brits Sue Blair Over Soldiers? Deaths The widow of a British soldier killed yesterday in Iraq has just publicly blamed Tony Blair for her husband's death. And today, relatives of other soldiers killed in Iraq announced they will sue the Prime Minister over the legality of the war. From London, Naomi Fowler has more. Iraqi Government Sworn-In Iraqis were sworn in today as the first elected government.Leading the new Shi-ite majority, new Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said he wants to help...
Topics: UN, afghanistan, elections, iran, iraq, military, nuclear weapons, palestine, pentagon, rebellion,...
Millions Protest Pending War French President Jacques Chirac said today that at this point, France would oppose any effort to draft a new U.N. resolution to explicitly authorize war against Iraq. This comes on the heels of massive anti-war protests worldwide this past weekend. In over six hundred cities across the world, protesters came out to tell their governments that a war with Iraq was not justified. People from all walks of life, following diverse persuasions and speaking different...
Topics: elections, france, iraq, japan, military, oil, protest
Agent Orange in Supreme Court(3:16) The Supreme Court this morning heard an appeal brought by the manufacturers of Agent Orange, the notorious cocktail of herbicides the US government used in the early 1970's to defoliate the jungles of Vietnam. Dow Chemical, Monsanto, and others argue they've already settled a class action lawsuit brought by Vietnam veterans harmed by Agent Orange exposure, and that they shouldn't have to pay any more.Josh Chaffin reports from the Supreme Court Jeb Bush Boots...
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100's of Thousands of Ukrainians March for Fair Election The Ukrainian opposition leader, Viktor Yushchenko took the presidential oath today in a symbolic move, then waved to hundreds of thousands of his supporters in a Kiev Square. Ukrainians continued to march for a second day on the Parliament. Today's line stretched two miles out from the Parliamentary steps and continues to grow. International election observors from the European Union and the United States said yesterday that the current...
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COLIN POWELL IN NEW DELHI(4:18) After a brief visit with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, US Secretary of State Colin Powell today arrived in India today with the message that there must be dialogue between India and Pakistan, particularly on the issue of Kashmir. Powell?s visit comes as tensions along the India-Pakistan border have risen dramatically, with India?s amred forces shelling Pakistani positions.India has stressed that US must go beyond Afghanistan in its efforts against...
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Today, D.C. residents held a parade to mark the anniversary of the end of slavery in the district. Gladys L. Brooks from the DC-Coop reports. Spain?s new socialist Prime Minister promises sweeping social reforms including gay marriage and stronger domestic violence laws.From Madrid, David Oancia reports. The Chinese government announced they will begin wide-spread HIV testing after a decade of denying the very existence of AIDS in the country.Severine Brandon reports from Beijing. Nike?s labor...
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Pakistan?s local elections have been racked in violence. At least ten people have been killed in the second phase of Pakistan?s council elections. Elections are crucial to President Pervez Musharraf for several reasons. The outcome will give insight on if he should win the presidential election next year. They also give the opportunity for Musharraf to prove his effectiveness in cracking down on Islamic violence in his country. In the first round of elections held last week, 20 people were...
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ARAFAT CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE 3:28 Thousands of Paliestinan protesters turned out in the West Bank today to protest Yasser Arafat's Palestian Authority, which has rounded up close to 200 militants in the last week.Today's protests in Ramallah follow demonstrations in Gaza at the home of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, who Arafat on Wednesday put under house arrest..... But while Arafat's actions have been too severe for many Palestinians, they haven't been strong enough for Israeli...
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UN Peace Keeping Mission to Haiti Today, the United Nations Security Council agreed to send as many as 8-thousand soldiers and police officers to Haiti for a so-called peace keeping mission. Secretary General Kofi Annan requested a 2 year commitment, but the Council only approved the mission for 6-months.Brazil is expected to lead the force that will replace U.S. troops who went into the country in February.The consortium of Caribbean nations, known as CARICOM, has so far refused to acknowledge...
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Iraqi Constitutional Signing Collapsed The Iraqi constitutional signing ceremony collapsed today when 5 Shi'ite members of the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council walked out over the issue of Kurdish autonomy.Aaron Glantz reports from Arbil, Iraq. Venezuela Quiet After Week of Violence As many as seven people are dead in Venezuela after a week of violent clashes between opposition demonstrators and National Guard troops ended today.Greg Wilpert reports from Caracas. Mexico's Fox to Bush's...
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Iraq Hearings, Day Two(3:55) In the second day of Capitol Hill hearings on Iraq, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee heard testimony on what the US role would be "the day after" a US attack on Saddam Hussein's regime.But critics of the process say Congress isn't asking the fundamental question, "why attack Iraq in the first place?"Joshua Chaffin reports from the Capitol What Happened at Jenin?(1:24) After being denied access to the site of the Jenin refugee camp by the...
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Opposition leader and anti-Syrian Saad al-Hariri claimed victory Monday in Lebanon's elections, beating pro-Syrian Christian former minister Suleiman Franjieh. The anti-Syrian party also won parliament, which breaks Syria's hold over the country. The campaign of Hariri was built on the popular energy of the demonstrations that took place after his father Hariri's assassination over Syrian troop presence and with hopes of changing Lebanon's political system. And in Iranian elections, a run-off...
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The Arab League Summit and the Palestinian Right of Return The Arab League summit in Beirut unanimously endorsed a Saudi-inspired plan for Middle East peace today, offering Israel normal ties and full peace in exchange for complete withdrawal from occupied Arab land, a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and a fair solution for Palestinian refugees. The declaration calls for Israel's agreement to a "just solution" to the Palestinian refugee problem in line with a 1948 UN...
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Upperclass's Urgency to Overthrow Chavez(4:10) Top management andsome workers from the major Venezuelan oil company, PDVSA, have been on strike since last Wednesday as part of a general strike that has been going on for the past 10 days. This strike, engineered by Venezuela's upper classes, has succeeded in reducinghalf of Venezuela's oil exports from around 3 million barrels of oil per day to 1.5 million barrels. The strike has caused severe economic problems, as well as forcing the shutdown...
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President Bush admitted he has interviewed a personal lawyer to represent him in the investigation trying to find the person in his administration who leaked the name of a CIA agent. Kellia Ramares has more. Mortar shells were launched at and exploded near the Italian embassy in Baghdad today. One Iraqi was killed and three injured. No Italians were hurt. The Italian embassy has been attacked several times in the last few months. Currently, Italy has more than 27-hundred soldiers in Iraq...
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Sri Lanka's president declared a state of emergency today, threatening the island's shaky ceasefire with the rebel group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Her political rival, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe, is hoping to meet President Bush in Washington to protest the moves. Miranda Kennedy Last quarter's economic growth rate of seven-point-two percent was supposed to herald the rebirth of the American economy. So what happened to all the jobs? John Hamilton of Workers Independent News...
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Texas executed Frances Newton before a court and a jury of her peers wereallowed to hear new evidence in her case that could have led to an aquittal. From KPFT, Renee Feltz reports. Many of the world leaders attending the UN summit on security and development this week are signing a new treaty on nuclear terrorism although diplomatic opinion on the definition of terrorism remains divided, Haider Rizvi reports from the UN. An Israeli high court approved a new route of the Separation Wall north...
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FBI Whistleblower Update The FBI?s Director Robert Mueller says that a whistle-blower?s assertions about problems in the agency?s translation department were a factor in her firing. In the letter to the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee obtained by the Associated Press, Mueller reportedly told committee members that Sibel Edmonds case does not fall under current whistle blower protections because she was a contract worker.Edmonds says she was fired from the FBI?s translation division after...
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US BOMBS HEATH CLINIC 2:39 Thirteen civilians including five women and children were killed today when a US jet bombed a medical dispensary and a neighbouring house. The Afghan Red Cresent Society clinic and the house were destroyed in the attack, one of two waves of bombing raids over the Southern City of Khandahar around dawn. The Taliban's Ambassor to Pakistan said today that 1,300 Afghani civilans have been killed in four weeks of US airstrikes. Jeremy Scahill has more. PAKISTAN TELLS...
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The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA board is holding anemergency meeting today in response to Iran resuming work on a uraniumconversion plant. The board is discussing a draft resolution presentedby the European Union which warns Tehran against resuming the uraniumproject. Iran has responded that they are willing to continuenegotiations with the EU3 - Germany, France and Britain, and with theEU, but on its own terms. Joining us to talk about these developments isNorman Soloman,...
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Workers throughout Italy have been making symbolic 1 and 2 hour solidarity strikes to support striking Fiat workers. But as word spread of police attacks on the Fiat strikers today, national support gained momentum. Diletta Varlese reports from Brescia. Chinese officials have ruled out direct elections for Hong Kong. Severine Bardon reports from Beijing. The governor of Massachusetts ordered all Justices of the Peace to marry same gendered couples or they must resign when the state begins...
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AIDS Activists Block D.C. Road AIDS activists blocked a main artery of downtown D.C. this afternoon hoping to bring attention to what they call the negative impact the Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA will have on AIDS drugs.Jenny Johnson reports from D.C. Former Nicaruaguan President Guity of Corruption A former Nicaraguan president was found guilty of corruption while he was in office.In Mangua, Nan McGurdy reports. Gore Backs Dean Today Presidential candidate Howard Dean...
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Security in Gaza Another Palestinian child dies as Israeli and Palestinian leaders negotiate control of and security for the area. Laila El-Haddad reports from Gaza City. NAACP Rejects IRS Investigation The NAACP is refusing to cooperate with an IRS investigation triggered by anti-Bush remarks made by the chairman of the civil rights organization. Reporting from D.C., is Linley Smith. African Union on Sudan Peace talks in Nigeria continue over the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan while a United...
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Muslim American?s Change Candidates This election day, Muslim-Americans will likely be casting far fewer votes for George W. Bush than they did in 2000. Ed Stephen explains from D.C. Male Fish in U.S. River Produce Eggs Male fish in the Potomac River are producing eggs; scientists suspect unregulated pollutants are the cause. Erika McDonald has more. UK Ambassador Fired for Criticism of Human Rights Record After criticizing Uzbekistan?s poor human rights record, the British ambassador to...
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US Says North Korea Has Nuclear Weapons(3:45) The Bush Administration yesterday released information that North Korea has admitted to having broken a 1994 agreement by conducting a nuclear-weapons development program. The 1994 agreement was brokered by the Clinton Administration promising that North Korea would be nuclear-free in return for economic assistance. US officials say they are unsure whether North Korea possesses biological or chemical weapons. Bill Mesler is a former editor of the...
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